LEXINGTON - A mail referendum will be conducted Monday through Feb. 27 to determine whether marketing quotas on a poundage basis will continue for burley tobacco for the next three years, according to Jeffery S. Hall, state executive director of the Farm Service Agency in Kentucky.
Ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters. Persons eligible to vote in the referendum are those producers who were engaged in the production of burley tobacco during the 2003 crop season.
Persons who do not receive a ballot by mail and believe they are eligible to vote should contact their local FSA office not later than Feb. 27 to request a ballot. Ballots must be postmarked no later than Feb. 27 . Voting can also be done in person, during the referendum period, at the local FSA County office.
Quotas will remain in effect if two-thirds or more of the voting producers vote "Yes." Burley is grown in Kentucky, Tennessee and surrounding states.